Monthly Archives: September 2015

CMS Resources: A New – SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR SAVINGS – In-Page Tool and Infographics on How the Marketplace Works

As assisters start preparing for the upcoming Open Enrollment Period from November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016, we’ll be sharing the latest CMS resources that you can use in your outreach and education efforts. This week, check out this new in-page tool that allows consumers to find out if they qualify for savings on health coverage. Be sure to also check out the new blog on qualifying for lower health care costs by clicking here. Additionally,

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From Coverage to Care Enrollment Toolkit – Summary, Resources, and Answers to Assister Questions

During the September 11, 2015 assister webinar, the CMS Office of Minority Health reviewed the Enrollment Toolkit, a part of their From Coverage to Care (C2C) resources. The Enrollment Toolkit offers advice for assisters on how to help consumers choose the best plan for themselves and their families. The presentation reviewed what consumers need to know before choosing and enrolling in a plan, such as the value of health insurance, the importance

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NEW CMS Office of Communications: Health Insurance Marketplace Information for Immigrant Families

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm CT (12pm-1pm MT): Click here to register The “Health Insurance Marketplace Information for Immigrant Families” webinar will share a high-level overview of the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace. It will provide useful information on immigrant statuses, document types needed to apply for Marketplace coverage, and details for immigrants about Medicaid and the Children’s Health

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WEBINAR RESOURCE: SUMMARY AND RESOURCES FROM ENROLL AMERICA

Many external organizations have developed tools, tips, materials, or training sessions that assisters can use.  We are sharing those resources through this weekly newsletter and by posting them on Marketplace.cms.gov. If you would like to recommend other helpful resources, please email CACQuestions@cms.hhs.gov. We will be limited to sharing resources that are (1) applicable to assisters facilitating enrollment in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces

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MARKETPLACE UPDATE: EFFECTUATED ENROLLMENT UPDATE: NEW DATA SHOW JUNE 30TH EFFECTUATED ENROLLMENT CONSISTENT WITH HHS 2015 GOAL

KEY TAKEAWAY: CMS has released a data snapshot that shows how many consumers had effectuated coverage as of June 30, 2015, which means those individuals paid for Marketplace coverage and still had an active policy on that date. Assisters can use the links below to view data for their states. Last week, CMS released a data snapshot showing that about 9.9 million consumers had paid their 2015 Marketplace premiums and had an active policy through the

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How to Access the 2016 Assister Training

The 2016 Assister Training is hosted by the Marketplace Learning Management System (MLMS).  The MLMS replaces the Medicare Learning Network® (MLN) as an online web-based training platform for assisters providing application and enrollment assistance to consumers in Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs), including State Partnership Marketplaces (SPMs), and certain State-based Marketplaces using the Federal platform (SBM-FPs). The training can

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Can assisters collect consumers’ information by using a list or a sign-up sheet at an outreach event?

Answer: Please be assured that you or your organization may use a sign-up sheet to collect a consumer’s name and contact information provided that you make clear to consumers in writing (and orally, if appropriate) that by providing their names and contact information, they are consenting to be contacted for application and enrollment assistance. For example, you could say, “By signing up, you agree that it is okay for an assister to contact

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IMPORTANT REMINDER: 2016 ASSISTER TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE FOR CERTIFIED APPLICATION COUNSELORS (CACS)

Last week’s newsletter and the Friday, August 28 assister webinar featured information on the CAC training and on the certification and recertification process for Navigators and CACs. Below is a summary of these updates, along with answers to questions that assisters asked during the webinar presentation. Additionally, please click here to view slides from the presentation. Availability of 2016 Training: The new 2016 Assister Training is available

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CMS ANNOUNCES $67 MILLION IN GRANT AWARDS TO NAVIGATOR ORGANIZATIONS

On Wednesday, September 2, CMS announced grant awards totaling $67 million to support outreach efforts designed to connect people with local help as they seek to understand the coverage options and financial assistance available at HealthCare.gov. Awarded to 100 organizations located in the 34 FFM/SPM states, the three year Marketplace Navigator grants will fuel efforts to help consumers enroll in a health plan that fits their budget and best meets

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